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Diary Of Events - May 2008 Mondays Tuesdays

Wednesdays Thursdays

University Of The 3rd Age – Art & Craft Workshop 2pm – 4:15pm. Parish Hall. Contact Liz Whitfield - 858 862. Bathford Link 10:30 – 11:30am. Community Room, M. Wood. Toddler Workshop - Music, Movement, Dance, Drama 9:45 –10:45am. Parish Hall. Tel: 01225 852 889 for more info. Box Womens Institute 2nd Tuesday of the month. 2:30pm. Selwyn Hall, Box. Bathford Baby & Toddler Group 10am – 12pm. Parish Hall. Hope & Homes For Children 10:30am – 12pm. Parish Hall. Keep Fit Class 7:30pm – 8:30pm. Parish Hall. Cost £4.00.

Sat 3rd

Trevor Howard - Keyboard Vocalist. Bathford RBL - 8:30pm - 11:30pm Perfect For Dancers! £3.00 entry.

Fri 9th

Friends of Bathford School -Table top sale The School 3:15pm

Sat 10th

West "Country" Night featuring music by Alan Collins Bathford RBL - 8:30pm - 11:30pm. Oo-ar! A night of Cider, Cheese & Wine. Perfect for line dancers. Entry £3.00 including food!

Sun 11th

Bathford RBL. Auction/Auction Of Promises. Bathford RBL - 1pm. In aid of the stairlift fund. Lots of great lots!!!!

Mon 12th

Toddlers at St Swithuns St Swithuns 10am – 11.30am

Mon 19th

A talk by Audrey Pearson 'A Refugee in my Fatherland' St Swithuns - 7.30 pm

Sat 17th

Eddie Rogers Bathford RBL - 8:30pm - 11:30pm. Excellent Guitar Vocalist. £3.00 entry.

Sat 24th

The Red Baron Roadshow Bathford RBL - 8:30pm - 11:30pm. Disco For ALL ages! £3.00 entry.

Sat 31st

Annual Plant Sale at Church Farm, Pump Lane (by kind permission of Mr. & Mrs. Harris). Sale from 11 a.m. Ploughman's Lunches from 12 noon. Price £3.50 each.

The Bathford Bulletin May 2008

The Monthly Magazine For The Parish Of Bathford For Over 100 Years

"Odd Man Out" & Disco By Luke John Emmett. Bathford RBL - 8:30pm - 11:30pm. Free Entry. The deadine for receiving copy for the June 2008 Bulletin is 15th May. Please put your items into the Bulletin Box in the Bathford Village Shop, email to: or post to: Bathford Bulletin c/o Bathford Post Office, 54 Bathford Hill, Bathford, Bath BA1 7SN

“Dovers Park, Bathford” This months cover photo kindly provided by Liz Whitfield

St. Swithuns Church Bathford

Doris Ingram 1907-2008

The Reverend Tim Ling 01225 858325. The Vicarage, 27 Church Street, Bathford | Churchwardens: Readers:

Derek Brown Fenella Avison 851 154 Gerry Miller 858 402 Michael Craine 858 613 Gill Gilbert 858 927 Dennis Pearson 858 293 Everyone Is Warmly Welcome! We have the following groups for children during our Sunday Services: Crèche (0-3); Children’s Church (3-10); Rock Solid Youth Group (10+). Sundays 8:15am Holy Communion 10:00am First Sunday - Family Sunday 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday - Holy Communion 3rd Sunday - Morning Worship (No Communion) 6:30pm First Sunday - Holy Communion Other Sundays Evensong Mondays 9:15-9:45am Prayer Time In Church 2:00pm 2nd Monday – Service In The Community Room Wednesdays 2:30pm Holy Communion the Weds after Church Family Service House Groups Details from the Vicar, Churchwarden or Notices. From The Parish Register Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals are by arrangement with the Vicar Funerals John Hardman 31st March 2008 Jack Fielden 16th April 2008

The Old Chapel – High Street Bathford Pastor - Paul Ivory. 01225 761954 and 07989 400606 First Sunday of each month: 6pm-8pm Outreach Service, with a Guest Speaker Second Sunday of each month: 10:30am-noon Family Service Sundays (except 2nd Sunday): 6:00-7:45pm Evening Service Tuesday: 10:00am-noon Coffee drop-in Help-line: Anyone needing help may telephone the Pastor. The Chapel is evangelical in outlook & charismatic in worship. Prayers are offered for the sick.

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My mother came to live in Bathford in March 1940 when she married my father Norman, who had been working for Frank Lock of Lower House Farm since sometime in the 1930s. When they had decided to get married they bought a plot of land in New Road and started building a bungalow; this was around 1938. It is a testament to the villagers of Bathford that they both lived to a great age, latterly relying on the many friends and neighbours who helped them maintain their independence whilst still living in the bungalow they had built all those years ago. I would like to thank those friends who regularly called in on Mother for a chat and a cup of tea. I am sure it was these visits which maintained her interests for so many years. How fortunate we were to celebrate her

100th birthday last October - she was determined to get to that landmark and receive a card from the Queen! The surprise celebrations brought together many of her friends and relations and she was the centre of attention, which she loved. Had Mother been aware of our plans beforehand she would not have been too pleased though. Those celebrations made her feel very important as she couldn’t believe the wonderful presents and flowers she received, especially from the villagers. The family and I would like to thank those who sent sympathy cards following Mother’s death in the RUH on 29th February; also Rev Ling and those who attended the cremation on 17th March and afterwards in the parish rooms, where I was able to meet some very old friends and local villagers who spoke of very fond memories of my mother. David Ingram Box Womens Institute Box W.I. meets at The Selwyn Hall, Box on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:30p.m. On Tuesday May 13th we are holding our Resolutions Meeting. The Resolutions are: 'The inappropriate imprisonment of the severely mentally ill' and 'A ban on bottom trawling (which causes catastrophic loss of marine life)' All visitors and new members are welcome. Jean Cherry Christian Aid Week 11th - 17th May From the CAW envelope through a door in our village, to fresh water for a Bangladeshi village, we're empowering people with your support. Please sign the envelope (if you are a tax payer), your donation is then worth 25% more. Thank you. Martin Wright

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Hope and Homes for Children: May 11th - 28th, Julia & Keith Masdin and Janice and Barrie Crane will be cycling for Hope and Homes for Children from Bath to Tours. They will leave Bath Rugby Club at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday 11th and all will be welcome both on their departure and return. Sponsorship will be most welcome. June - This sees the second annual Bathford Music Event, running from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd. All the events planned will be advertised, and a programme of all the activities will be available from Keith and Julia Masdin (858042) or Jumble Sale Many thanks to all those who kindly contributed items for the sale and to all the people who gave up their time to help man the stalls, without you we could not have functioned. I am pleased to say that we raised £726 towards the cost of repairing the Church path. As this is the last Jumble Sale that I shall be organising I would like to thank all those who have supported the sales during the last 10 to 12 years or so. It has been greatly appreciated by myself and John Smart, and I would now please ask that no one leaves any more jumble at my door !!! Thank you again Mo Rice Bathford Youth Theatre Ensemble BYTE is looking for sponsors to help fund this fantastic new group. We are aiming to stage a small scale musical production in August 2008 but desperately need sponsors to help us support the continued running costs of the group. We can offer to place a sponsors logo on Page 6

all advertising for shows, adverts in programmes and a page on the BYTE website dedicated to their company. Please get in contact with us for more info! We are also starting a friends membership scheme. For £10 a year you can become a Friend Of BYTE. Benefits include advance ticket booking two weeks before it is open to the general public, reservation of seats, invitation to first night drinks after the show and invitations to other parties and social occasions for the group. You could also become a life member of the group for £150 - one off payment. Please contact us for more info! We are still interested in hearing from any young people who would like to become a member of the group and partake in our August production. Contact us on 851265, 07939 403159 or BYTE The Bathford Players The Bathford Players are looking for someone to help out long term with the setting up and operation of lighting for their performances. Ideally the person would have some basic knowledge of electrics and/or some experience operating lighting in a theatre environment. If you're interested or would like more info please contact Anna on Youth Twinning Visit Date We have received a correction to the date for the Youth Twinning Visit. The visit is actually planned for Saturday 5th July - Friday 11th July.

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Letter From The Reverend Tim Ling Vicar At St Swithuns Church Dear Friends As you read this I will be beginning a month of what is known as ‘study leave’. (I will be studying, I promise!) The prospect of this time and how to use it have caused me to think a bit about the whole idea of ‘Sabbath’. The word ‘Sabbath’ means ‘rest’. It is fascinating how there is universal medical consensus about the importance to our physical and psychological health of regular periods of rest; and there in the Bible’s account of creation we find ‘Sabbath’ - one day of rest in every seven. It’s almost as if a loving Father knows what is best for his children! But the idea of ‘Sabbath’ is far richer than simply stopping what you normally do for a day a week. Nor does it mean cramming into that one day all the thousand and one things that need doing around the house and in the garden which we can’t do any other time because we are so busy at work! (I’m definitely guilty of this one.) In the Bible’s account of creation the seventh day is the day of ‘rest’ - the day when all the wonders of creation are to be enjoyed in relationship with the God who made them. And, interestingly, in the way the Bible tells the story this seventh day has no end. In other words, this is the way things are meant to be; this is what it means to be human - living in God’s amazing world in relationship with him. Of course, that’s not the way things are any more; and elsewhere in the Bible the ‘Sabbath’ is described as the day to remember what God has done to ensure

that one day this is the way things will be once again. According to the Bible this is what it means to be human: living in the world in relationship with the God who is our Creator and our Saviour. Such are the pressures of living in this world that if we don’t take one day out a week to remind ourselves of these things and to enjoy them, it’s not just our physical and psychological health but our very identity as human beings that will suffer. ‘Sabbath’ is a gift from a loving heavenly Father. It’s one day in the week designed to help us live all seven days in the week as proper human beings. I’m looking forward to my ‘Sabbath’. I recognise what a great privilege it is to have a month in which to study and reflect on what it means to be the child of a heavenly Father who is my Creator and my Saviour. I hope I will return better able to live and share these wonderful realities with the community in whose life I am privileged to share. I hope also that you will be able to find a ‘Sabbath’ time in your week. I know you won’t regret it! I look forward to seeing you in June. With my best wishes,

Tim Ling Vicar At St Swithuns

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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS 852486, 859007

Annual Parish Meeting (APM) - the council would like to thank those who came to the very well attended APM last month. The council is grateful for your support and the response from residents. Comments after the meeting suggests it struck the right balance between the opportunity to hear a review of the council's activities and for parishioners to ask questions about issues of concern. Presentations were given by PCSO Greg Doyle about policing matters and the Chair of BEFA, Maureen Breeze, about future plans for the shop. The coffee break provided a chance to speak to councillors and Ward councillors informally and catch up with friends as well as look at the interesting displays from village organisations including Twinning and BEFA and a display of the results of the Milestone Project which was lent by B&NES. The full minutes of the APM will be available on the Parish Council's website in due course. Village of the Year Competition - is there a volunteer who would like to lead Bathford's entry in this competition? The job would involve information gathering in order to complete the application form and then oversee the entry process. It is several years since Bathford entered the competition and the council would like to encourage an entry, but pressure of other duties means that a councillor is not available to take on this task. If you would like to get involved then please contact the Clerk as soon as possible. The closing date for entries is the end of May. Free Compost - parishioners are very welcome to help themselves to compost

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from the large heap in the corner of the village green, Dovers Park . (Parishioners are reminded that the heap is not to be used for general compostable waste, but is for the use of the village handyman for grass cuttings etc.) Dog Fouling - complaints have been received about dogs being allowed to foul in the school grounds. Please clear up after your dog if it fouls, this is particularly important in areas used by children. It is an offence not to clear up after your dog. The council would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed across the playing field. This is to ensure that the playing area remains clean for users. Your cooperation is very much appreciated. Drystone Walling Training Courses the Cotswolds Conservation Board is running a number of drystone walling courses in 2008 at locations across the AONB including Lansdown on 23 & 24 August. Application forms can be downloaded from, by calling 01451 862038 or emailing More information can be found on the posters on the parish notice boards and in the shop. Post for Parish Council - post for the Clerk can be left in the Post Office when the office is closed. The Clerk can also be contacted by telephone and email. Date of Next Meeting - Annual Parish Council Meeting at 7pm on Monday 19 May in the Parish Office to be followed by the regular Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm. Ruth Holding Clerk, Bathford Parish Council

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Bathford RBL Club The Bathford RBL Club is in desperate need of a new stairlift for use of its members and visitors. Over the coming months we will be holding a series of fund-raising events to raise the money needed for this. Our next fund-raising event will be an Auction/Auction Of Promises on Sunday 11 May at 1pm at the club. Offers of promises or items which can be auctioned off will be greatly received. We are appealing to you to help us with this important project! If you would like to make a donation towards the new lift please, please get in touch with us either by phoning the club on 01225 858072 or email us at Bathford RBL Club Committee The Future of Bathford Village Shop and the Post Office By the time you read this the consultation on the closure of Bathford Post Office will have ended and we will be awaiting the outcome and final decision. In order to be prepared for possible closure BEFA has been undertaking a feasibility study and having discussions with Mr & Mrs Suleman with a view to expanding our existing shop into the new area and continuing to run the news agency. BEFA put a strong case to the Post Office for Bathford to be considered for its ‘outreach services’ being introduced into some communities on the closure of their local post offices. Indications are, however, that Bathford does not meet the necessary criteria. We have therefore asked the Post Office to outline for us which ‘virtual’ post office services we could offer. It is surprising how much can be done.

Current trading in the shop is buoyant and after two years we have a good base from which to expand. There is no room however for complacency. The shop must continually try to meet the needs of the customers in order to attract more use of the shop. BEFA will be holding a public meeting to share its plans during the first week in June. See notice in shop for details. If we are to expand, there will be significant additional costs and we shall also need more volunteers. There are a lot of different jobs to do and we have produced a volunteering leaflet to tempt you! Please pick one up in the shop. One of our regular volunteers said how glad she was to be involved and wanted to encourage others, ‘People should just try it’, she said. ‘I thought I would hate it but it is a social occasion too and I have met lots of lovely people who are all part of our Bathford’. BEFA Bathford Table Tennis Club Next year we will be celebrating 25 years of table tennis in Bathford. Currently we have 17 members playing in four teams at all levels in the Bath League. We would like to maintain this level of participation in the league but we expect to lose a few members before the next season begins. So we are looking for new members to join us. We meet every Tuesday in the Parish Rooms in Church Street from 7:30pm. If you would like to come along to see how you get on, please contact me on: 01225 866880, or our Secretary Russell Cole on: 01225 309337, Thank you Ray Bennett, Chairman

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